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Ice Fishing Championship arrives in Wausau

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Athletes taking part in the Ice Fishing World Championships have arrived in Wisconsin. That event kicks off this weekend.

Eleven teams from around the world have come to Central Wisconsin, all to compete in the Ice Fishing Championships.

"It's a very tough lake, but this is what separates the men from the boys. So this is what I love about it. Let the best team win," Jacek Gawlanski, from team Poland said.

"Until you compete against all the countries, you're not a World Champion. It's the top prize for fishing," Mike McNett, USA Team

Organizers say the level of competition is a good as it gets.

"You would be amazed at where these guys catch fish," USA Team Coach Brian Gaber said.

"We're motivated. You can just put it that way," team USA member Myron Gilber said.

The fishermen will head out on the Big Eau Pleine Reservoir, near Mosinee. Organizers say it's the perfect place to hook a prize fish.

"The Big Eau Pleine has shiners and it has millions of carps," McNett said.

Tourism officials say the championship packs a big economic punch, bringing in more than $300,000 to the Marathon County economy.

"Anytime we can bring people from outside the United States to see our community and experience it, that's really a bonus for us," Wausau Convention and Visitor's Bureau Executive Director Darien Schaefer said.

Team leaders say this weekend is about more than just winning.

"What happens is the guard goes down and all the countries get along and it's a big friendship," McNett said.

But of course, no one wants to go home empty handed. So, these athletes will fight to be the best and be crowned world champions.

The championship is held this Saturday and Sunday.

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